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Slain Teen's Family Receives Help

October 07, 2003

Several people have stepped forward to assist the family of a slain South Los Angeles teenager who was also the target of gang harassment.

John Gardner, the boys' father, said his family will move into an affordable housing apartment at Playa Vista, thanks to the efforts of the volunteers.

Daniel Fitzgerald, 16, a promising Washington High School basketball player, was shot to death Aug. 23 near Hoover Street and West 104th Street. His killer is still at large.

Afterward, David Williams, 18, described to The Times how he and his brother for years had endured taunts from gangs.

A dozen people offered to help, and several secured the apartment, which is being held for the family, Playa Vista officials confirmed Monday.

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